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Messenger: The Giver, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Mythic vibe in engaging story of boy with healing powers.
By Lois Lowry
(2014)
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Gathering Blue: The Giver, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Captivating quest tale pits gifted girl against brutal odds.
By Lois Lowry
(1014)
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Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Boy stands up for sister with autism in compassionate tale.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
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High Wizardry: Young Wizards Series, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Wizards and computers -- a potent combination.
By Diane Duane
(1990)
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A Wizard Abroad Book Poster Image
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age 11+
High fantasy -- with a dose of Irish mythology.
By Diane Duane
(1993)
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Johnny Tremain Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Sweeping tale of redcoats, revolutionaries, and brave boy.
By Esther Forbes
(1943)
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Artemis Fowl Book 3: The Eternity Code Book Poster Image
age 11+
High-action page-turner sequel a great summer read.
By Eoin Colfer
(2003)
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Book Poster Image
age 11+
Powerful penultimate book mines Voldemort's past.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
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Uglies: Uglies Quartet, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Thoughtful sci-fi about the price of beauty.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2006)
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The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Witty and sharp fantasy with complex characters.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2004)
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The Underneath Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Gripping story is loving, lyrical, but has brutal violence.
By Kathi Appelt
(2008)
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Bones of Faerie Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Intriguing combination of magic and apocalypse.
By Janni Lee Simner
(2009)
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Dreamdark Series Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Exciting faerie series with a fantastic tomboy heroine.
By Laini Taylor
(2007)
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One Crazy Summer Book Poster Image
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age 11+
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
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The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Popular fantasy series has lots of plots to keep track of.
By Michael Scott
(2010)
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The Warlock: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Penultimate in edu-taining fantasy series harder to love.
By Michael Scott
(2011)
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The Apothecary Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Cold War kids use magic to save world in brilliant novel.
By Maile Meloy
(2011)
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The Enchantress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 6 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Ambitious, edu-taining fantasy series gets a grand send-off.
By Michael Scott
(2012)
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Splendors and Glooms Book Poster Image
age 11+
Dark, magical, Dickensian page-turner for tweens.
By Laura Amy Schlitz
(2012)
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Will Sparrow's Road Book Poster Image
age 11+
Colorful characters bring Elizabethan fair to life.
By Karen Cushman
(2012)
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